Flag of Laos

Laos forum

Buying a bicycle in Vientiane

  • laos2010

    Joined Travelfish
    4th October, 2010
    Posts: 7

    Where can a buy a decent bicycle in vientiane for $50 - $75 max? I tried looking in the morning market but all I saw were kids bikes, while the massive bike hold at the corner of dong palan and khongvieng is a total rip off. The little punk kid was quoting me prices of 500,000 kip for the sketchiest pieces of **** they had -while the better looking mountain bikes were upwards of 2000000 kip (and everything was used - it was ridiculous.). This is becoming a huge hassle - does anyone have tips where I can get a decently priced use bike????

    #1 Posted: 4/10/2010 - 11:47

  • Advertisement

  • laos2010

    Joined Travelfish
    4th October, 2010
    Posts: 7

    I meant to say Khouvieng and dongpalane

    #2 Posted: 4/10/2010 - 12:10

  • Captain_Bob

    Click here to learn more about Captain_Bob
    Joined Travelfish
    27th May, 2006
    Location Thailand
    Posts: 1561

    Ask your question on
    http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/forum.jspa?forumID=24
    and I'm sure you'll get some local current accurate replies

    #3 Posted: 5/10/2010 - 02:38

  • Rufus

    Joined Travelfish
    22nd April, 2007
    Location Laos
    Posts: 950

    You are highly unlikely to get a bicycle for that price. Second hand bikes around town are sold by expats and if the bike has two wheels they generally want a lot ,ore than you appear to be prepared to pay.
    Look in the windows of Phimphone mini Mart and Simuang mini mart. You might be able to pick up something. The bike shops around town only sell new bikes.
    PS Why was the kid a "punk kid"?

    #4 Posted: 6/10/2010 - 10:55

  • laos2010

    Joined Travelfish
    4th October, 2010
    Posts: 7

    He was a 'punk kid' because he was trying to sell me the biggest piece of **** he had for $80. Prices went up for bikes that were still (though slightly less so) pieces of ****. That bike would sell for $10 back home in the West, if that. He saw a foreigner and decided it was time to cash in. I walked away and he got nothing.

    The prices for used bikes here is ridiculous. These are the shittiest, most run down, uglist bikes I have ever seen and they are selling for prices of $70 at a minimum. It's crazy. Where the hell am I? The twilight zone?

    #5 Posted: 11/10/2010 - 15:16

  • exacto

    Joined Travelfish
    12th February, 2006
    Location United States
    Posts: 2355
    Total reviews: 47
    Places visited:
    At least 98

    bikes are expensive in laos because there is a large demand and a short supply. pretty simple really. things that are produced in laos, like food and handicrafts and the world-class Beer Lao are cheap. really cheap. things that are imported are expensive. it doesn't matter what that bicycle might cost in the west. and you certainly wouldn't get that hotel room or that beer in a restaurant for as little money in the west as you would in Vientiane.

    you aren't in the twilight zone, but you definitely seem out of place.

    #6 Posted: 11/10/2010 - 23:16

  • Rufus

    Joined Travelfish
    22nd April, 2007
    Location Laos
    Posts: 950

    I agree with Exacto. I think you should leave Laos, as you don't fit in here. $10 for a bike back home? roflmao.

    #7 Posted: 12/10/2010 - 07:03

  • laos2010

    Joined Travelfish
    4th October, 2010
    Posts: 7

    Yeah, ok, I don't 'fit in' in Laos because I think paying $80 for a used, rusted, beated up 1970s era bicycle is ridiculous. Gotcha.

    $10 is precisely what any reasonable person would pay back home for many of these used, old, dilapidated bikes I am seeing. I am not talking about imported, shiny new mountain bikes, or even bikes that were manufactured within the past 10 or 15 years. Learn to read. The kid at dongpalane tried to sell me on of these death rides for $80 - it didn't even have a seat.

    #8 Posted: 12/10/2010 - 11:31

  • laos2010

    Joined Travelfish
    4th October, 2010
    Posts: 7

    I might add these prices are in place for foreigners. There is no way the average Lao could afford to drop 600,000 -1000000 LAK for a simple used, Soviet era bicycle. No way. And I accept that I am going to have to pay more than the locals, and I certainly don't expect to actually pay $10 for even the most run-down bike I could find, but the prices I am being quoted for what the quality of these used bikes are, is absurd.

    I enjoy living in Laos so far. I like the people, the culture, the food and what I am doing here. Just because I am pissed about one tiny aspect of the marketplace doesn't mean I don't fit in or that I am out of place. I am entitled to have a gripe about something without have holy-than-though expats shaking their fingers at me.

    #9 Posted: 12/10/2010 - 11:45

  • laos2010

    Joined Travelfish
    4th October, 2010
    Posts: 7

    edit: holier than thou

    #10 Posted: 12/10/2010 - 11:46

  • Advertisement

  • Rufus

    Joined Travelfish
    22nd April, 2007
    Location Laos
    Posts: 950

    "I might add these prices are in place for foreigners." No they're not; now you are posting nonsense.

    #11 Posted: 12/10/2010 - 12:07

  • exacto

    Joined Travelfish
    12th February, 2006
    Location United States
    Posts: 2355
    Total reviews: 47
    Places visited:
    At least 98

    easy now. i'm glad to read that you are enjoying your time in Laos. the magic of the place is exactly the slow, easy-going pace. but there are things to remind you that you aren't in Kansas anymore either.

    definitely got the message that you are pissed about bicycle prices, but unfortunately that is all you've had to say so far, which is kind of a put off. hopefully you won't be shy about sharing some insights and experiences and details about the things you're doing and the good as well as the bad, and ease up on the name calling and swearing. best wishes.

    #12 Posted: 12/10/2010 - 12:11

  • laos2010

    Joined Travelfish
    4th October, 2010
    Posts: 7

    "I might add these prices are in place for foreigners." No they're not; now you are posting nonsense.

    --

    I am not. I work with Lao people and they laughed hysterically when I showed them the bikes and the prices I was being quoted. German expats. They have to be among the most irritating breed.

    Anyways, they helped me find a bicycle for a decent and reasonable price. It helps to go shopping with a local.

    Rufus, you are full of yourself. For that matter, you're both pompous and condescending. I was being ripped off, and my Lao colleagues agreed. You two are just full of ****.

    #13 Posted: 12/10/2010 - 13:11

  • Rufus

    Joined Travelfish
    22nd April, 2007
    Location Laos
    Posts: 950

    Well I am afraid you sojourn in Laos has not improved your vocabulary or your manners. One would have thought that by now you had learned a little jai yen yen from the Laos. Now you are even insulting the Germans. I suggest you have a Beer Laos and a long hard think.

    #14 Posted: 12/10/2010 - 15:16

  • exacto

    Joined Travelfish
    12th February, 2006
    Location United States
    Posts: 2355
    Total reviews: 47
    Places visited:
    At least 98

    oh well. can't win 'em all i guess...

    #15 Posted: 13/10/2010 - 00:58

Have questions? Jump to our menu of forum quicklinks

Add your reply

Your reply

Check this box if you want to be notified of replies.

Please be familiar with our user guidelines before you post. Thanks!

Businesses planning on plugging their guesthouse / hotel / karaoke bar should read our "Addition guidelines" very carefully.

You need to be logged in to answer an existing post on the Travelfish forums. Please login via the prompts just above and refresh this screen -- before writing your post -- and you'll be in business.

Possibly related discussions Replies  Views  Latest reply
Buying a bicycle in Pakse ... By fxhnd on 31 Jan 2009 2 1986 1 Feb 2009
buy a bicycle in Vientiane ... By cellojoern on 18 Nov 2008 8 4369 21 Nov 2008